Ideas to Recycle Old Christmas Cards

No, I'm not promoting Christmas in July (although I bet the stores will start putting out Christmas decorations within the month). Yes, I'm cleaning my house for the big move down the street and found a bunch of old Christmas cards. So why do I save all my Christmas cards from years past? Because they are great for some do-it-yourself projects!  Here are a couple examples of ways to reuse your old Christmas cards.

Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Gift Tags Made from used Christmas cards

Cut out a small card tag on the folded edge of a used Christmas card. I try to include an image from the card on the new smaller card, and you don't even have to cut it straight like I did on the example above. You can cut around an image if you want. It's best if you try to avoid any writing on the inside as well (be it from the card itself or the giver's written sentiments), but my family knows me well enough that I re-use (and re-gift if need be!), so look past the “used” part of my home-made gift tags made out of old cards!

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornament made from used Christmas card

Use a gluestick to glue the Christmas cards shut to make them thicker/sturdier. Cut out the images that you want to use as the ornament. In my example, I used an Anne Geddes Christmas card, but you could use photo Christmas cards that you received from family and friends to bring back memories every time you decorated or looked at the Christmas tree! In that case, I would make glue the photo card to a think piece of cardboard first. Once dry, punch a hole out and tie a string through it. I used embroidery floss, but you could use ribbon or twine or a simple wire tree hook – the possibilities are endless!

You don't have to be real crafty to do either of the projects above – I'm proof of that!  And don't forget to recycle the wasted parts of the cards in the paper bin!

What do you do with your old Christmas cards?

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